“Inside the subterranean caves of the social deep web, chosen-kin groups grow their own culture. The squad doesn’t need its own micro-currency—images, art, music, takes, shitposts, and, indeed, roasts are the native medium of exchange. Likewise squads have little use for internal financial incentives. Instead, playful exchanges produce trust, reciprocity, and VIBES—the ineffable group energy that squads value most. Accordingly, the core of squad production is the continuous production of the squad itself.”

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Not everyone owns a cell phone.

Not everyone owns a smart phone.

Not everyone has internet at home.

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We are not trying to grow users ASAP. We are not in a VC game here. DC is usable quite nicely on virtually all platforms now and we have various ongoing efforts to address shortcomings or failures. And some unique features in preparation ... stay tuned, or phase back later ;)

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Earthstar looks like a really interesting new decentralized-web project! Like Secure Scuttlebutt, but mutable and not log-structured!

This removes a lot of my worries about SSB as a scalable, privacy-preserving foundation layer going forward. Really keen to see where this might be heading.


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while biking in the rain imagined how cool it would be to be using some type of virtual reality machine to see the perspective of someone living in the 1950s with the level of high resolution clarity that I was experiencing while biking, then imagined that I was already doing this but for someone living in 2020, and thought wow this is so cool there is so much clarity this is very high definition thats amazing and laughed out loud

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Don't get me wrong, computers can absolutely help us regain our environmental efficiency. They just *aren't*.

Not as long as we're:
* constantly syncing everything to the cloud,
* expecting same-hour delivery,
* funding our clickbait via surveillance advertising,
* buying a new phone every year,
* using AIs because they're cool rather than useful,
* running bloated software & webpages,
* buying into "big data"
* etc

Computing is environmentally cheap, but it rapidly adds up!

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Environmental web design & use tips:

* Wherever possible, choose text. Text is by far the most efficient (and as I like to illustrate, universal) medium.
* Make sure everything on your site has a good reason to be there. Avoid frameworks to further this.
* Compress your images & video.
* Especially avoid JavaScript, it adds significantly more processing effort to rendering.
* If you love something, download it. Buy it. Avoid advertising.
* Make sure HTML & CSS downloads fast.

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If you feel like you "need" to watch the news or social media updates for whatever reason, I recommend the following.

Ask a trusted friend who you know is already watching the news to text you if certain types of event happen ("something big" is valid too). Then you can take the day off doomscrolling but you don't have to worry "what if I'm missing something big and important?" Ideally you can do the same for your friend some other time when they're burnt out.

can tell people are organizing in the US just from the number of notifications I get that my old contacts are joining signal

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Redecentralize Digest — May 2020

In this issue: GDPR 2 years • Dat→Hypercore • Grant for the Web • etc.


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Today I released the first edition of Riot Medicine, a public domain book to help street medics in the struggle for liberation, autonomy, and dignity for all. You can download all 466 pages for free here: riotmedicine.net/downloads

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It exhausts me, to see so many chastise more fiercely the imperfect than they do the agents of oppression.

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June 2 is #InternationalSexWorkersDay!
To celebrate, the Cypher Sex Collective has just published a digital self-defense guide for sex workers, with tips on online identity management, anonymity & more secure communications. Check it out & RT! inventati.org/cyphersex/Eve_Pe #ISWD2020

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"Over the past 72 hours, people across the US have captured what may be the most comprehensive live picture of police brutality ever. But it’s not just one act of violence. It’s everywhere." #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter theverge.com/2020/5/31/2127604

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Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.